Helping save precious minutes in life threatening situations! What a brilliant idea: motorcycle paramedics.
1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.
Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.
Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon
UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.
Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.
Giant Loop Gear & Parts for Rally Raid Honda CB500
One of the reasons we’re excited about being the North American distributor for Rally Raid Products kits, parts and accessories for the Honda CB500 X/F/R is that the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure fits perfectly into our “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” approach to adventure proof packing systems and gear for motorcycles. Below is a quick overview of our recommended solutions.
(with Side Luggage Racks installed):
We have tested the Mob Armor Smart Phone Handlebar Mount over thousands of miles now with an iPhone 6 in a LifeProof case, and it is BOMBER! The handlebar clamp fits virtually anything with handlebars, including bicycles (we’ve used it on our Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure and our KTM 500 EXC), and it installs in about 60 seconds. The Giant Loop Mob Armor mount handles all but the very most extreme riding (we finally managed to bump the phone out while riding with the throttle pinned in three-foot whoops on the KTM – if you’re riding like this, simply remove the phone from the mount).?The bar/bike mount is the perfect mounting accessory for quick and tool-less installation and removal on square, round, odd shaped rails and bars.?The clamp can open its jaws and grab anything between 0.75 inch to 1.5 inch (20mm to 40mm).
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Price: $64.99 black only (includes free USA shipping – international customers will be invoice separately for shipping)
After multiple, repeated requests, Giant Loop produced a Limited Edition MoJavi Saddlebag in ORANGE – as shown on our dusty covered KTM 500 EXC fresh from the Desert 100 in Washington.
Only 50 of these special MoJavi Saddlebags were made, and they are available exclusively from Giant Loop. Price is $225 (same as the standard MoJavi Saddlebag). AS AN ADDED BONUS we are including a pair of our new GL Mounts – no additional charge.
Choose your options below: MoJavi Saddlebag only, MoJavi with Hot Springs Heat Shield, MoJavi with Labrador Dry Pods (set of 2) and MoJavi with Heat Shield and Dry Pods.?No other deals, discounts or special pricing apply to this Limited Edition MoJavi Saddlebag in Orange.
NOTE: If you already paid a deposit to reserve your Limited Edition ORANGE MoJavi Saddlebag, you will receive a PayPal invoice in your email for the remaining balance – do not order here!
We pulled a page from the outdoor sports play book when we chose the new long-sleeve Giant Loop Tech-Tee shirt. The layering system is well know among the gravity and human powered riders. With base layer against the body giving vapor movement, insulation for trapping warmth in the second layer and, for the final layer, a vented or breathable outer shell to manage the environmental conditions. Our new Tech-Tee offers the functional benefits of a base layer, such as reduced chafing from gear, wicking action and quick drying, that a motorcycle rider would appreciate.
While traveling in Norway last month, Harold wore his new Giant Loop Tech-Tee under his gear for his base layer. He also brought one for his moto-host, Elving Solli, to try. Elving was surprised the GL Tech-Tee worked so well under his riding gear and commented that he hadn’t tried a technical base layer while motorcycling, only long-johns. He loved how smooth the material was and enjoyed its quick drying nature.
Got a cool pic of Vic while he was in Death Valley riding his Suzuki DRZ400 with a Great Basin Saddlebag. Thanks for the pic and story.
He said, “Purchased your saddle bag at the BMW rally in Salem last summer. Just finished a four day 430 mile off road loop through Death Valley. Bag is great and stayed firmly attached all through the rough stuff. Wish I could say the same thing for me. Fitment is great and the others on the ride will be purchasing them before our next adventure. Regards, Vic.”
Ride Must Go On
Hello , my name is Tolga Basol and I?m from Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been working for the media industry in Istanbul about 14 years. I bought my first motorcycle about 12 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to travel with my bike to different parts of the world on my short holidays from work. I started to carry my video equipment on my travels & figured out how to shoot while traveling on a motorcycle. Finally i decided to quit my job to fulfill probably the biggest dream in my life; riding around the world on a motorcycle.
My journey will start from Istanbul on 1st of June 2014 on a KTM 1190 Adv R. I plan to ride through Russia, Mongolia, Siberia & then I will decide to continue to Southeast Asia or to ship my bike to North America. I will try to catch up Dakar 2015 in South America. Then I will decide the route for Africa. I suspect the route might change quite a lot but I will try to travel as long as I can & I did not set an end date for the trip.
The idea behind my trip is simply ??Ride Must Go On??
KTM Turkey provided me with a brand new KTM 1190 Adv R. I bought the lightest & most compact equipment, kept my clothes to minimalistic & Giant Loop provided all the luggage I need for my journey. And now simply the Ride Must Go On.
Follow my page to track my journey real-time on the map & to check my photos & videos that i will try to share along the way.
Thanks for the great post, Tolga!
He rides with Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Pronghorn Straps.
The Coyote Saddlebag and KTM 350EXC are a match made for the trail. This a nice youtube.com review from an offroad dual sport rider.
Thanks for riding Giant Loop!
We sent a handful of Medic Mojavi Saddlebags, down to the folks at Placer County Search and Rescue, for their support of Hangtown MX. ?One of the guys posted a great pic of the Medic Mojavi equipped bikes on our FaceBook page. ?Another medic posted her experience, “These packs were amazing today. Lots of positive feedback from our team & the public too. They look so great!”. ?Thanks for the pic and kind words!
Jenny Morgan has completed the Hellas Rally!
She rode the Rally-Raidproducts.co.uk built “LC4-50”, equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, from Jolly Old England to the event in Greece. She raced the event with support from Torque Racing and now will be riding/camping it back home again. This is the big test for the KTM690 Enduro, turned into a 450cc Rally Replica with a specially designed conversion kit. The goal of the conversion kit is to give Privateer Rally Racers a stone reliable and easy to handle FIM and ASO legal rally bike. A bike that can be ridden all year, plus survive the rigors of racing Dakar, without requiring major service to the engine internals.
Go Jenny and thanks for riding Giant Loop!!
The latest edition of KTM 350 and 500 EXC dual sports come equipped with a thicker and much stronger rear fender. This is to keep the taillight assembly from flexing into the rear tire during rough riding. This new design is an added benefit for those of us that like to carry loads strapped onto the back fender, but is a consideration when mounting a Mojavi or Coyote Saddlebag without using the included fender hooks. The issue is that our fender hooks are radius profiled for thinner fenders, like every other enduro or dualsport uses, and no longer clip onto current design KTM rear fenders.
Solution: Replace the hooks with the included mounting strap, by sandwiching the strap between the fender and taillight assembly, before mounting the bag. Then thread the mounting strap through the buckles inside the saddlebag.
This is done by unscrewing the taillight assembly(black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.
Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.
Thread the mounting strap through the buckles and tension.
We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.
Noah is getting the miles logged on his Round the World KTM 690 Enduro and finally hit 100,000km. He has been updating his Blog?with pics and stories about his ride, including this shot of his odometer. He has used Siskiyou Panniers or a Great Basin Saddlebag to carry his loads on his KTM.
Ride on, Noah and keep sending us your stories and updates!
Wonder how many tires that translates into…
SiliPints are in the house! Get registered now for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride?and receive one of these limited edition unbreakable drinking tools for hot or cold beverages – and tasty Oregon microbrew beer to go in it! Quantity is limited, so reserve yours today.
I will miss the handle on my ever-present German beer steins, cause they will stay home from now on. Over the years I’ve broke enough of them in camp to know better, but I just can’t leave home without one…
We have been working on a couple tools for selecting the right Giant Loop products for each bike type.
First, we?added “Shop By Bike Type” quick links on our?homepage.
Second, check out our new 2014 Giant Loop product comparison chart, covering our entire line.
This handy guide can be used to determine which Giant Loop bag or accessory, primarily fits which kind of bike, plus lists the part number and specs for each model.
Chuck our artist, made these cool “non-brand specific bike” icons for the application chart. ?;-)
Click on the chart to see it full size or hit this link to download a copy for your reference.
There was a strange knock at the email door, last Christmas season. ?It wasn’t the first time that a well researched and experienced long distance rider contacted Giant Loop for luggage solutions.
Something was very different this time, since Canadian rider Kirk Hastings wasn’t outfitting a motorcycle and he wasn’t taking a trip across the Trans-Canada Trail, or riding the Haul Road to Inuvik, or traveling ?south to Ushuaia. He was building a Skidoo Freeride SNOWMOBILE for cross country racing.
Kirk had heavily researched a few vital components, for his and team mate David Price’s race machines, that he knew would give him the edge over race teams with conventional equipment. The issues he wanted to dial in were lighting, luggage and suspension. His requirements for the packing system were to carry 90 pounds of supplies and required safety gear. So, he began the search to find the best soft luggage on the market, for his race setup, and after looking at every luggage system on the planet, ?Giant Loop’s packing system became that solution. ?The benefits that Kirk wanted to experience were dry safety gear, loaded close to the center of his machine, in a bag that was easy to mount and remove, mounted in a way that didn’t interfere with the rider, upset the balance of the machine or overload its limited rear framework. ?While we have sold plenty of Great Basin Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bags?and?Bushwacker Hand Guards?to motorcyclists for these very reasons, this is the first one destined for snowmobiles! The boys also found Pronghorn Straps to be very handy, keeping their gear secured tight.
It wasn’t just any little race, either, it was the 3300KM Cain’s Quest. Cain’s Quest takes place on the eastern Canadian coastline, in the region of Labrador, Newfoundland. The week long, 22 checkpoint, two rider team race starts in Labrador City. Then, the course runs out to the coast at Cartwright, across the coastal headlands and sea inlets to Nain, then back across land to finish in Labrador City. The racers ?cannot use any groomed or established trails and must navigate across the barren northlands, while dealing with extremely harsh winter conditions and carrying mandated safety equipment. Emergencies are regular and many, with 20 of the 29 teams entered ending their race with either a medical or mechanical. While a mechanical may not seem an emergency, ANY time spent with protective winter gear removed, to wrench and hammer broken bits back together, leads to frozen body parts. Frozen hands, feet and faces are the main concerns for racers, but crashing at speed has its own risks, with the constantly changing conditions, terrain and wind driven snows.
Link to some Elka Suspension test video from before the race.?The Great Basin Saddlebag looks solid and stable on that machine, as it rips the 2-3ft whoops, at 65mph. ?
Read the exciting wrap up to the race, in these?Cain’s Quest Facebook postings!?
I am sure our friends at Baja Designs and Elka Suspension were equally impressed with Team 7 SnoXcape’s finish of the 2014 Cain’s Quest.
Great Job Kirk and David!!
Hit this link for some POV camera footage of them during one of the stages.
Dirt Bike Magazine is usually on the top of our magazine pile, in the Giant Loop Library. We blogged about the Pronghorn Straps getting reviewed in their January issue. Now, in May’s issue, our all new?Buckin’ Roll is getting the write up, found in their Adventure, The Goods section.
“The Buckin? Roll tank bag packing system from Giant Loop consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: ?mounting harness, center tool case and Pannier Pockets. The system features water-resistant YKK zippers, Nylike webbing, reflective accents for visibility and are made in the USA.”
I still gander at Dirt Bike’s Feb coverage, reviewing the KTM 350EXC and Beta 450RS, having gotten a taste for Betas while in Italy last November, for Eicma. The Adventure section in that Feb issue also had an article called “DR Done Right”, about or friends at?Seat Concepts rebuild of their crusty old Suzuki DR650 into a proper big-bore 790cc dual sport bike with?Baja Designs?Squadron. Pretty cool project and reminds me that we has one of those “vintage air-cooled” motos in the GL stable, a late 90’s Honda?XR600R. Better not get too many ideas from that article…
Giant Loop dealer?Sierra Nevada Adventures?is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.
Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through?Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”
His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an?interview with AsiaOne,?before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”
Follow Terence on his Facebook page.
In the spirit of the “Mojavi for Medics” program, Giant Loop has found another way to support the folks who volunteer their time to produce the events, rides and races for us to enjoy. If you our your club would like to apply for this new program,?click this link?to download the application.?Check out the details!
Paul wrote in and said:
“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.
Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.
I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”
Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!
Ride while you can.
After submitting Giant Loop bags to Powersports Business News?Nifty 50 Products, for the last 5 years, we finally got a winner!!
Giant Loop Designer, Brian Frankle, added a whole jar of secret sauce to the 2014 Fandango Tank Bag, creating our first Pro model.
Major updates of Giant Loop?s largest tank bag (8 liters) focus on expandability, electronics compatibility, and features driven by rider feedback.?An electronics pass-through enables on-bike charging and power inside the tank bag and/or the clear vinyl map pocket top. The Fandango?s underside includes a concealed document pocket, and two separate side zippers for easy mounting to harness. Full length interior lining with hook-and-loop accepting fabric, movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder and slots, exterior mesh pocket and D-ring mounts for new optional Buckin? Roll pannier pockets (2 liters each side) are key new features. Fuel fills are now easily accessed by simply unzipping either side from the harness, and the concave front allows vent hoses to breath. Fits virtually any motorcycle, including dirt, dual sport, adventure and sport machines with metallic or non-metallic tanks/shrouds.
Check out the rest of the list:
Powersports Business announces Nifty 50 winners
February 18, 2014?
Powersports Business?has named the winners of its 15th?annual Nifty 50 products and services contest.
The winning products and services were chosen because of their potential to help dealers succeed in 2014, whether it?s through selling a Nifty 50 product or using Nifty 50 service. The Nifty 50 were chosen by the editors of?Powersports Business, along with editors of sister consumer publicationsSnow Goer,?Thunder Press?and?Rider. The following is the list of the company names along with their winning products. For more information about each product, pick up the Feb. 17 issue ofPowersports Business.
Adaptiv Technologies ? GlowRider Electro-Luminescent Vest
ADP Lightspeed ? LightspeedEVO Mobile App
Airoh ? Terminator Helmet
ARI Network Services ? AccessorySmart
ASA Electronics ? H-D Replacement Radio
Atlas Brace ? Atlas Original Neck Brace
Auction123 ? Enhanced Craigslist Posting Application
Backcountry Discovery Routes ? Arizona Backcountry Discovery Routes Map & DVD
Bell Helmets ? Bullitt
Bosski ? RevArc Dirt Bike Loading System
Caliber ? Trax Grabber
Castle Streetwear ? Hi-Vis Turbine 2
Corbin ? Dual Touring Saddle for 2014 Indian Chief
CTEK Power, Inc. ? CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge
Cyclepedia Press LLC ? Cyclepedia PRO
Divas SnowGear ? Avid Technical Jacket
Dominion Powersports Solutions ? DX1
Dowco ? Guardian Trailerable Tri-Layer PWC Cover
Drag Specialties Seats ? Touring Seat for Victory
DragonFire Racing ? XL High Backs
Giant Loop LLC ? Fandango Tank Bag
Holeshot ? Smart Pad
Icon ? Icon 1000 Vigilante
iTapMenu ? iPad F&I Menu Selling Tool
Joe Rocket ? HeartBreaker Boot
Klock Werks ? Honda GoldWing and F6B Flare Windshield
Kuryakyn ? L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions
Lynx Hooks Systems LLC ? Interlocking Adjustable Tie Downs
McGraw Powersports Group ? Dealer 360
Midland Radio Corporation ? BTX2 Twin Advanced Intercom System
More Than Rewards ? Web2Phone
Motion Pro ? T-Handle Spinner Bit Driver
Mustang Motorcycle Products ? Tripper Fastback Seat for the Bolt
Nelson Rigg ? CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag
Renthal ? Sportbike Intellilever Clutch & Brake Levers
S&S Cycle Inc. ? T2 Long Block Engine
Schuberth North America ? Schuberth HelmetLok
Scorpion Sports Inc. ? Scorpion EXO R2000 Helmet
Seizmik ? LED Light Bar
Shoei ? RF-1200
Shorai ? LFX19A4-BS12
STI Off-Road ? HD Alloy HD4 Wheels
SuperTrapp Industries ? FPS Racing High Performance Radiators
TCF Inventory Finance ? Full Circle Analysis
TechSpec-USA ? Tank Grip Pad Accessory for the Grom
The Carlson Company ? CEMB K22 Computerized Motorcycle Wheel Balancer
Two Brothers Racing ? Comp-V Intake System
Vance & Hines ? Super Radius
Vee Rubber ? Arachnid
Works Connection ? Air Fork EZ Fill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2014
New 2014 Buckin? Roll Tank Bag? by Giant Loop?
Modular, Customizable, Ultra-Trim Adventure Proof Motorcycle Packing System
(BEND, OREGON USA) Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, the Buckin? Roll Tank Bag? by motorcycle packing systems innovator Giant Loop has been completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014. The minimalist tank bag is modular, customizable and ultra-trim to meet the demands of dirt, dual sport and adventure riders who “don’t like tank bags.” The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag also now fits virtually any motorcycle, keeping riding essentials handy and out of the way, even when standing on the footpegs to tackle challenging off-road terrain.
PDF mounting instructions with detailed illustrations of 2014 Buckin? Roll Tank Bag available here:?https://www.dropbox.com/s/986xgj42mvibfj8/Instructions-Buckin%20Roll-R01b.pdf
The Buckin? Roll Tank Bag packing system consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: mounting harness, center Tool Pouch case and Pannier Pockets?.
The Buckin? Roll Tank Bag ?Complete? option includes all components, while the Buckin? Roll Tank Bag ?Center Only? option includes the mounting harness and center case only.The 2-liter center case secures to the harness with two included cam buckle straps.
Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets attach to the mounting harness and tank, shrouds or engine guards. (Pannier Pockets also are available separately, and they can be added to Giant Loop?s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bags, or used independently.)
Specifications and Features
? Volume: 6 liters (2 liter center case, 2 x 2-liter Pannier Pockets)
? 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell?
? Water resistant YKK zippers
? Nylike webbing
? Reflective accents for visibility
? 2 removable webbing straps w/ aluminum cam-lock buckles
? Multiple webbing MOLLE-style daisy chains
? Mil-spec materials and hardware
? Limited Lifetime Warranty
? Made in USA
Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle packing systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to?www.giantloopmoto.com.
Giant Loop? and the GL? logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
Media Contact: Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop LLC, 971-832-3164,?email@example.com
Giant Loop Racer and Sales Rep for 405motosales, Rory Sullivan #507, raced to the finish at the 2014 King Of The Motos. His combined time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds for the AM and PM motos, putting him in 17th place overall, among some world class competition. ?Rory raced with a Zig Zag Handlebar Bag to carry his gel supplements and a cell phone.
Some great pics from Giant Loop Rider Joel, who was supporting the event as a Volunteer.
Rory said in his race recap:
“I’m up this morning and thinking about how the weekend went at King of the Moto’s. I felt good during Saturdays Qualifier but made one small mistake that cost me a bit of time. The Qualifier was around 3 min long so mistakes where costly. In the Sunday morning AM Final I raced well and gave it everything my 250F had but it was mostly flat out desert sections with a couple tech sections mixed in, I?defiantly lost time on the open stuff which was frustrating. I really need to say thanks to?Nate Delaney?at Dirt tricks for helping my gear it down for the race. The PM Final started with a wild land rush start down a sand hill and strait into one of the events famous sections. It was….. let just say interesting! I got to the top of the first section and my clutch was smoked and when I say smoked I mean would not move forward. I spent some time adjusting the cable all the way in and let it cool down, which helped but it was never the same the rest of the event. About 10 miles in I derailed my chain on a rocky climb and lost some more time. Bottom line is it was a tough relentless race but I was determined to finish, and I’m thankful I did. I finished 17th after they combined both the AM and PM races. I will be back next year better prepared. Huge thanks to Pro Caliber VancouverFly Racing, Evo ind,?Bell Powersports Northwest,?Smith Optics, USWE Hydration,FMF Racing,?Fusion Graphix?Dirt Tricks,?Rekluse Motor Sports,?Fasst Company,Fastway Pro?ProMoto Billet,?DeVol Engineering Inc.,Novik Gloves, Rigid industries.”
Nice Job Rory!
He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road).?I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me.?Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.
Cheers from Bolivia!”
Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.
Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!
Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.
“Giant Loop Rubber Boa Straps: $25. Specifically designed to hook onto dirt bike fenders, now there is no excuse to not have that spare tube, tool pack or submarine sandwich.” – Dirt Rider magazine, March 2014
Dakar is THE international offroad racing event of the year. Nothing thrills me more than New Years Day, since it indicates that start of Dakar is right around the corner.
Dakar veteran Riaan Van Niekerk ripped to a 12th place overall finish on board his Broadlink KTM 450RR, besting his rookie finish of 13th. He had his best stage time on Stage 5, coming in 4th place, against a laundry list of Factory-backed racers. ?Riaan uses the Mojavi for his practice rides, back home in South Africa.?Great Job Riaan!
At the other end of the pack, Luca Viglio, #173, finished 76th aboard his Boano Racing built Beta 450RR Atacama. Boano Racing is our Italian distributor.
Many times during the stages, Luca was faced with challenges that would keep him from finishing. Each time, he dug a bit deeper, or benefitted from the support of his team, locals and other racers, to help get him to the finish. I quoted a few remarks from Luca on ADVrider.com, translated by inmate auguzt. Thanks auguzt for sharing the news of Luca’s progress.
Luca’s bike, pre-Dakar, hanging out at the GL booth.